Depression during pregnancy? Yes, it’s real! Know its causes and symptoms 

Depression during pregnancy is referred to as prenatal depression. According to the psychiatrist, cases of depression during pregnancy are rising day-by-day. Experts say, if not treated, it can prove to be fatal to the expectant mother and the developing foetus

Depression during pregnancy? Yes, it’s real! Know its causes and symptoms Have you ever heard about prenatal depression, or, have you ever experienced a low, lonely feeling during pregnancy? Even if you have not faced such a situation, many expectant mothers are facing this situation. According to the doctors, in India, around 15 to 20 pregnant women, per 100, are suffering from prenatal depression. Depression can […]

Maha: Govt issues guidelines to dispose off non-usable sonography machines

The state government has constituted a committee to curb the illegal use of sonography machines. The district-level committee will decide on scrapping or disposing of the machine. The government made it mandatory to video record the process of dismantling

Maha: Govt issues guidelines to dispose off non-usable sonography machinesThe Maharashtra government has issued the guidelines for scrapping the sonography machine. The government formed a district-level committee to decide on the disposal of the machines. The committee has been formed to curb the misuse of the machines that are used to determine the sex of the foetus. As there are no specific guidelines written […]

Air pollution having adverse impact on reproductive health of women

A small new study offers insights into precisely how air pollution can harm foetuses. In the study, researchers found microscopic soot particles in the placentas of pregnant women living in London, suggesting that these harmful particles can pass into the umbilical cord

Air pollution having adverse impact on reproductive health of womenThe harmful effects of air pollution affect far more than a person’s respiratory system; previous research has found that it can also hurt babies in the womb. Earlier studies have shown that there’s an “association between maternal exposure to air pollution and effects on the foetus,” said study co-author Lisa Miyashita, a postdoctoral researcher at […]

Mother’s sleep can impact health of their growing baby

How much sleep mothers get when they are pregnant can impact on the health of their growing baby, according to a new scoping study conducted by the University of South Australia

Mother’s sleep can impact health of their growing babyAssessing outcomes relating to birth weight, foetal growth, pre-term delivery and stillbirth, researchers identified four key aspects of maternal sleep that may contribute to poor foetal outcomes. Lead researcher, UniSA’s Associate Professor Jane Warland, says the research gives expectant mothers and clinicians important insights into sleep and healthy pregnancies. “This study looks into relatively un-navigated […]

Researchers working on blood test to predict premature births

Scientists are trialling a blood test that may predict whether a pregnant woman will give birth prematurely. Preliminary results, published in the journal Science, suggest it is accurate in up to 80% of high-risk women. The team, at Stanford University, in the US, say it is also as accurate as ultra-sound scans at predicting due dates

Researchers working on blood test to predict premature birthsEach year in the U.S., one in 10 babies is born prematurely. Around the world, that number is slightly higher, affecting 15 million infants annually. In a new study published in Science, researchers led by a group at Stanford University report the first steps toward a blood test that can predict which pregnancies are most […]

Vaccination guidelines for pregnant women before, during and post-pregnancy

A pregnant woman and her unborn child need to be protected from various infections and illnesses; vaccination could be one of the ways to protect both the mother and the baby. It is important for a woman to be informed on what vaccinations should be taken and when

Vaccination guidelines for pregnant women before, during and post-pregnancyThe immune system becomes weak during pregnancy, as it supports the growing foetus; this increases the risk of the mother catching an infection along with the baby. If a mother has a strong immunity, it helps create the baby’s first line of resistance to fight against uncertain maladies. Not only does vaccination protect the woman […]

Here’s how diabetes impacts a baby in the womb during pregnancy

Researchers have discovered how high glucose levels, whether caused by diabetes or other factors, keep heart cells from maturing normally. Their findings help explain why babies born to women with diabetes are more likely to develop congenital heart disease

Here’s how diabetes impacts a baby in the womb during pregnancyA new study conducted at the Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at UCLA discovered how increased glucose levels caused either by diabetes or other factors keep heart cells from maturing normally. The findings of the study help to explain the reason for babies born to women with diabetes […]

Heavy use of common antibiotics may increase risk of miscarriage

Researchers found that use of certain antibiotics in early pregnancy increased risk of miscarriage by as much as twofold.

Heavy use of common antibiotics may increase risk of miscarriageA link has been found by researchers at the University of Montreal in Canada between the use of macrolides, quinolones, tetracyclines, and some other common antibiotics in early pregnancy and an increased risk of miscarriage. These findings were recently reported in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. Miscarriage is defined as the spontaneous loss of a […]

Pollution can lower your baby’s birth weight, say researchers

Researchers of Sri Ramchandra University in Chennai have conducted a research on the effect of the rising pollution on the foetus. If a pregnant woman is exposed to 10 microgram pollution, the baby's birth weight reduces by 4 grams

Pollution can lower your baby’s birth weight, say researchersAs the level of pollution is increasing with the change in weather condition, cities like Delhi and Mumbai are witnessing a rise in a lot of health issues. Researchers at Sri Ramchandra University conducted research in Chennai and the surrounding two districts. Since last five years, 1,200 women were studied.  In the 10 micrograms pollution, […]

Doctor treats foetal abnormality in mothers’s womb, saves life 

Nita Parekh (name changed) was a jovial 6-months-pregnant woman who came for her routine check-up to a city clinic. During the check-up she was told that her foetus seemed to have an abnormally high heartbeat. It was about 220/ minute. By giving medicine to the pregnant lady, the foetus was brought back to normalcy

Doctor treats foetal abnormality in mothers’s womb, saves life Nita Parekh waited for her turn patiently at Fortis Hospital, Mulund for her routine pregnancy check-up in September. A foetal echo was done as a part of the check-up. Foetal echo is a procedure that can be done between 18 to 24 weeks of the pregnancy. The technology screens the heart of the foetus very […]